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California to Offer Healthcare to Some Undocumented Adults

HeadlineJun 11, 2019

California is poised to become the first state to offer healthcare coverage to undocumented adults. Democratic lawmakers agreed to extend healthcare coverage through the state’s Medicaid program to some low-income undocumented residents. The plan will cover an estimated 90,000 adults between the ages of 19 and 25. The measure, which is included as part of the latest state budget, is expected to be signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom later this week. California would help fund the expansion by imposing a penalty on people who don’t have health insurance, similar to the individual mandate feature of the Affordable Care Act, which was eliminated as part of the 2017 Republican tax reform.

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